Georgia Southern vs New Mexico State preview

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Chris Smith

This Saturday, Georgia Southern will need to dominantly enforce their running game against New Mexico State if they look to get back in the win column.

The Eagles (3-3, 2-1 Sun Belt) have a chance to gather themselves together and break their three-game losing streak. GS has not played a game at home in over a month, so they will be looking to end their four-game road trip with a win at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

GS leads the Sun Belt in rushing yards by a mile, but their traditionally great option attack has been average. The 14-point deficit the Eagles found themselves in last week against Georgia Tech seemed to be too much to overcome. The scoring drives the Eagles managed to put together later in that game took too long to develop and the Eagles were chewing up clock while trailing. Southern has gained 1,600 yards on the ground as opposed to 932 yards in the passing game. None of the Running Backs for GS have eclipsed 400 yards.

The Eagles will have a handful defensively trying to stop the Aggies effective passing attack. NMSU Quarterback Tyler Rogers leads the Sun Belt in passing yards with 1758. GS must slow down the Aggies All-American running back Larry Rose III also. The defense for the Eagles has been average this season. There are moments when the defense looks to be top 10 caliber, but there are other moments when they fall asleep and give up the big play.

The matchup to watch this game will be Rose vs GS linebacker Ironhead Gallon. Rose is a running back that has the talent to start for a power five conference team. He has missed the beginning of the season due to injuries, but he is starting to get his groove back. He will be facing off against Southern’s leading tackler consistently. Gallon is small in stature, but he packs a big punch. He is arguably one of the hardest hitting defenders on the team and probably the surest tacklers. His speed gives him an edge when playing and helps him move from sideline to sideline.

The game on Saturday kicks off at 6 p.m. on ESPN3. Georgia Southern leads the all-time series 2-0 since joining the Sun Belt in 2014. Southern won last year’s meeting 56-26 at Paulson Stadium.